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Sunday, January 6 2013
The Psalm Of Moses
"LORD, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations"
Most of the Psalms were written by King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David), as poems set to music. They were however much more, in their understanding of the Messiah, and in their prophecies of Him. For example, the Psalms provide us with an eyewitness account, in prophecy, of the Crucifixion - through the Messiah's own eyes:
"22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." (Psalm 22:14-18 KJV)
A Psalm written by Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses), centuries before King David, is also filled with Messianic prophecy. While many are familiar with the apostle Peter's "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" in an epistle (as we will get to below), Moses said the very same thing, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." They were speaking of the same LORD and the same Gospel.
"90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
Moses experienced the spectacle of people who claimed to be the people of the LORD, while committing the most crass idolatry in the LORD's Name e.g. the infamous golden calf at Mount Sinai was made to represent the LORD: "32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." (Exodus 32:4 KJV). Moses would easily recognize that "church in the wilderness" with the heathenism of the Christian-professing world today (see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).
"7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness [see The Church In The Wilderness] with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
"Be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets"
The LORD is perfect; He is the Rock of ages. Most of the "New" Testament is a historical record of the ministries of those who taught from the Holy Scriptures as they were given. It's the reason that, in speaking of the same LORD and His Eternal Truth, that both Moses and Peter said "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Moses knew the Gospel as perfectly as Peter knew the Scriptures.
"3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you [see The Epistles: First Peter and The Epistles: Second Peter]; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
This Day In History, January 6
871: The Battle of Ashdown between the Danes and the West Saxons under Ethelred and Alfred the Great.
1066: Harold, England's last Anglo-Saxon king, was coronated. He succeeded his deceased brother-in-law, Edward the Confessor.
1099: Henry V, second son of Henry IV and his first wife Bertha of Turin, was crowned king of Germany.
1169: England and France agreed to peace when Louis VII and Henry II met at Montmirail.
1540: King Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
1558: The French seized the British-held port of Calais.
1838: Samuel Morse made the first public demonstration of the telegraph.
1848: Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical letter "In Suprema Petri Apostoli Sede" ("On The Supreme Throne Of Peter The Apostle"; see also Papal Bull) invited the Orthodox Church to reunite with the Church of Rome.
1884: Austrian monk Gregor Mendel died. He made many scientific discoveries involving genetics.
1912: German geophysicist Alfred Wegener published his (correct) theory of continental drift.
1929: King Alexander of Yugoslavia abolished the constitution, dissolved the government and established a royal dictatorship.
1959: The British jet Lightning P-1 flew twice the speed of sound.
1969: President Charles de Gaulle of France banned French arms sales to Israel.
1989: Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87. He reigned 62 years.
1990: Poland's Communist Party leaders agreed to its dissolution and replacement by a non-Marxist party.